Affiliate Professor Thomas Postlewait received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has previously taught at Cornell University, MIT, University of Georgia, Indiana University, and Ohio State University. He has published Prophet of the New Drama: William Archer and the Ibsen Campaign (Greenwood Press, 1986) and the edited volume of William Archer on Ibsen: The Major Essays, 1889-1919 (Greenwood Press, 1984). He recently published The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Historiography (Cambridge UP, 2009). Forthcoming is The Correspondence of Bernard Shaw and William Archer (University of Toronto Press). Prof. Postlewait co-edited Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Essays on the Historiography of Performance (U. of Iowa Press, 1989) and Theatricality (Cambridge UP, 2003). He has contributed essays to both the Cambridge History of American Theatre and Cambridge History of British Theatre, and has published over a dozen essays on theatre historiography He contributed over 50 entries for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (2003). His latest book is Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography (2010), co-edited with Charlotte Canning.; He is past-President of the American Society for Theatre Research (1994-97) and Vice-President for Research in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (1998-2000). Since 1992 he has been the editor of the award-winning books series, “Studies in Theatre History and Culture,” University of Iowa Press, which has published forty books by scholars from over a dozen countries. In 2007 he was given the ATHE Editing Award in honor of the Iowa book series. In 2006 he received the 'Distinguished Professor Award' from Ohio State University, and in 2009 ASTR honored him with its annual "Distinguished Scholar Award."
- Thomas Postlewait, series editor. Studies in Theatre History and Culture. U of Iowa Press, 1991-2012.
- Thomas Postlewait and Charlotte Canning, editors. Representing the Theatrical Past: Essays in the Historiography of Performance. U of Iowa Press, 2011.
- Thomas Postlewait. The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Historiography. Cambridge UP, 2009.
- Thomas Postlewait and Tracy C. Davis, editors. Theatricality. Cambridge UP, 2003.
- Thomas Postlewait and Bruce McConachie, editors. Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Essays in the Historiography of Performance. U of Iowa P, 1989.
- Thomas Postlewait. Prophet of the New Drama: William Archer and the Ibsen Campaign. Greenwood Press, 1986.
- Thomas Postlewait. William Archer on Ibsen: The Major Essays, 1889-1924. Greenwood Press, 1984.
- Thomas Postlewait, editor. Victorian Science and Victorian Values: Literary Perspectives. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1981. Reprinted, Rutgers UP, 1985.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Sarah Guthu. "European Modernism and the Resident Theatre Movement: The Transformation of American Theatre between 1950 and 1970." Diss. U of Washington, 2013.
- Samer Al-Saber. "Permission To Perform: Palestinian Theatre in Jerusalem, 1967-1993." Diss. U of Washington, 2013.
- Lezlie C. Cross. "In the Beaten Way of Friendship: Horace Howard Furness, Edwin Booth, and the New Variorum Shakespeare." Diss. U of Washington, 2013.
- Ching-Yi Huang. "Performing an 'Absent' China: Cultural Propaganda in Anti-Communist Taiwan in the 1950's and 1960's." Diss. U of Washington, 2013.